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How to Overcome Executive Isolation

All senior leaders are surrounded by the physical or virtual trappings of the office, from the assistants who manage travel and scheduling to the intensive calendar that leaves little time for reflection. To break through the isolation, you need to periodically escape. Photo: Colourbox

The loneliness that often comes with being a CEO may seem like a small price to pay for the rewards, recognition and power that come with the job. But being isolated at the top can compromise your decision-making and leadership effectiveness.

Senior executives tend to be shielded from organizational problems and data; they are given limited and filtered information about their operations, employees and customers. Deference to authority is deeply ingrained in most societies, so it’s natural for employees, even at the highest levels, to occasionally hold back opinions and feelings that they fear might contradict or irritate the boss...

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